The start of summer in the Coast Mountains always seems to bring us a bit more time. The extra hours of daylight allow us to maximize our days for sun, fun and socializing. It’s a time to take those big day-trips or dedicate a decent chunk of time to a patio or BBQ. Summer is also a good time to sit back and reflect on what kind of life we want, and how the hell we are going to get there.
The Summer 2017 issue of Mountain Life: Coast Mountains is a mix of big adventure, backyard missions, new spots and legendary friends. Much like a perfect summer day this issue has water, wheels, scenery, a moment or two to think about the future, and a cold drink at the end. Summer is short up here in the mountains, but that doesn’t mean you need to rush it. Enjoy.
Whitewater wizard Benny Marr explains the big waves and good times riding the ebb and flow of the incredible tidal rapids at Skookumchuck Narrows.
Float, Shred, Fish
What happens when 4 generations of freeride mountain biking embark on a 14-day river rafting expedition through one of the largest pristine wilderness reserves on the planet? And they have their own helicopter… Scott Serfas has the answers in this photo feature.
The Coast Mountains lost an icon when artist Chili Thom succumbed to cancer in 2016. Mountain Life editor Feet Banks recounts 20 years of adventures and what happens on a hike when you put too much faith in a wiener dog.
Trailblazer: Fred Beckey—King of the Hills
At 93 years old, Fred Beckey is the undisputed king of North American first descents, and he’s still going. Johnny Thrash joins Beckey for a rip up the Squamish Smoke Bluffs while filming for Dirtbag, a biography of Fred’s life in the mountains.
The Long Haul
Technology can make it seem like the natural world is getting smaller, quickly, but that all goes out the window pretty quickly when you’re on a 10-day ridgetop traverse from Toba Inlet to Powell Lake. Adventure is out there, and Arran Whiteford can show you where it is on Google maps.
Into the Mystic
Under the clouds of secrecy Whistler has been creating its own high alpine trail network. Todd Lawson pedals into the mists and talks to the builders behind “Whistler’s own Chilcoltins.”
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